National ATM Council Hosts Katarina Stephan As Featured Speaker

Posted On: 7/8/2019

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LAS VEGAS -- Online registration is open for the National ATM Council's NAC2019 conference and trade show , scheduled for Oct. 15 through 17 (Tuesday-Thursday) at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort here. Themed "Celebrating 50 Years of ATMs in America," it will be the seventh in a series of fast-growing annual events for the Council, which was established to provide a forum for the independent/retail automated teller machine industry.

The Council has announced that the featured speaker at the 2019 conference will be Katarina Stephan, said to be the youngest presenter of a TED talk. Stephan, a student at Columbia University (New York City), was born with persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, a congenital anomaly of the eye which led to the surgical removal of her left eye. Today, she has no vision in this eye and wears a prosthesis for cosmetic purposes.

Two years ago, she trained with the Salzburg Ballet Co., a professional ballet company in Austria. Shortly after, she returned to America and worked as a teaching assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine for the Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Internship. She is currently majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior as a premedical student at Columbia.

She enjoys spending her free time as an Emergency Medical Technician with Columbia University Emergency Medical Services (CU-EMS) and providing user interface for visual prostheses that have the capacity to restore vision to the blind. Katarina dreams of becoming a surgeon.

Her talk, titled "The Third Eye: How to See in the Absence of Light," originally was published on May 23, 2018. Her presentation at NAC2019 is sponsored by Ventus Global Network Solutions (Norwalk, CT), an industry leader in IT networking innovations.